Wolf Trap celebrates summer with Johnny Mathis July 20 followed by Gin Blossoms, Everclear and more.

The summer season at Wolf Trap continues with music stalwart Johnny Mathis continuing with Jackson Brown and ending with the Flo & Eddie Happy Together tour with Mickey Dolenz and others.

VIENNA, VA July 7, 2012 – The summer season at Wolf Trap continues with music legend Johnny Mathis continuing with Jackson Brown and ending with the Flo & Eddie Happy Together tour with Mickey Dolenz and others.

Johnny Mathis with special guest Brad Upton
Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8 pm - $45 in-house, $25 lawn

Johnny Mathis

The current holder of the Guinness World Record for “Longest stay by an album on a music chart” with the album Johnny’s Greatest Hits for a consecutive nine years on the Billboard 200, Johnny Mathis has broken his fair share of records. Last at Wolf Trap in 2009, Mathis continues to tour behind Let It Be Me – Mathis in Nashville (2010), his first venture into country music. Mathis released his first No. 1 single ,“Chances Are,” in 1957, followed by his third album, Warm, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts later that year.

Throughout his career, Mathis boasts several thrilling accomplishments including two inductions into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and 35 Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Brad Upton

Past winner of the stand-up competition in the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, comedian Brad Upton opens for Johnny Mathis. In the business of laughter for more than 26 years, Upton has appeared in concert with several legends of both comedy and music, including Joan Rivers, Tim Allen, and Dolly Parton.

An Evening with John Tesh: Big Band LIVE!
Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 8pm - $42 in-house, $25 lawn

John Tesh

The multi-faceted new age composer John Tesh returns to Wolf Trap 10 years after his last appearance in 2002, this time with his 12-piece Big Band Orchestra as part of a new show called “John Tesh: Big Band LIVE!” featuring covers of hits, including “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I’ve Got The World On A String.” Starting his career as a reporter, Tesh served as the host for Entertainment Tonight for 10 years. After he won the anonymous composition contest for the NBC sports theme song, Tesh left his job at ET and began recording and performing. Tesh has experienced much success as both a journalist—winning an Associated Press award for investigative journalism—and as a composer, selling over eight million records and securing two EMMY Awards for his Pan American Games and Tour de France theme songs. 

Jackson Browne with special guest Sara Watkins
Monday July 23, 2012 at 8pm - $50 in-house, $30 lawn

Jackson Browne

Singer/songwriter and activist Jackson Browne returns to Wolf Trap for a special all-acoustic performance. Since his last appearance in 2010 he released the record Love is Strange (2010), a double live album chronicling his 2006 tour with David Lindley. Browne’s career took off in the early ‘70s with his certified gold self-titled debut in 1972, featuring the Top 10 single “Doctor My Eyes.” Browne’s career exploded throughout the mid and latter part of the ‘70s with several of his proceeding albums attaining platinum status. Throughout the ‘80s he began to incorporate political and social messages into his music and is now recognized as one of the foremost environmental activists of his generation.

Sara Watkins

Bluegrass fiddler Sara Watkins returns to Wolf Trap for a second time this season. She previously appeared as a guest performer in Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion in May. Watkins released her second solo album this year, Sun Midnight Sun, including a mixture of originals and covers featuring guest appearances from Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, and several others.

Rufus Wainwright with Ingrid Michaelson
Tuesday July 24, 2012 at 8 pm - $40 in-house, $30 lawn

Rufus Wainwright

“Popera” singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright returns to Wolf Trap for the first time since his last appearance in 2005. His recently released album, Out of the Game (2012), features his most up-tempo and danceable songs to date. Born into a musical family—his parents are singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle—Wainwright began performing at the age of 14. Gaining critical acclaim early in his career, Wainwright’s self-titled debut in 1998 won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album and a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.

Ingrid Michaelson

Making her debut at Wolf Trap, indie pop singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson arrives with her captivating lyrics and addictive melodies. Michaelson rose to mainstream fame when a few of her songs were featured on the hit television drama Grey’s Anatomy.Her fifth record, Human Again (2012), features a break from her previous musical ventures with a heavy focus on emotionally driven ballads and a more intimate setting. The record peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard indie charts.

Summerland Featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground
Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 7 pm - $42 in-house, $25 lawn


Grunge-rock band Everclear makes their debut at Wolf Trap as a part of the Summerland tour. Their recently released album, Invisible Stars (2012), marks their first release of original material since 2006’s Welcome to the Drama Club. The band rose to popularity in the mid-90s with the release of their sophomore album, So Much for the Afterglow (1997), which reached platinum status and produced three Top Five hits: “Everything to Everyone,” “Father of Mine,” and “I Will Buy You a New Life.”

Sugar Ray

Orange County alternative-rock band Sugar Ray makes their debut at Wolf Trap as a part of the Summerland tour. The band’s most recent album, Music for Cougars (2009), marked the end of their five-year hiatus. Getting their start in the mid-‘90s with their debut album, Lemonade and Brownies (1995), Sugar Ray exploded with the 1996 single “Fly.” Their follow-up album, 14:59 (1999), went triple-platinum, and their self-titled 2001 album debuted in the Top 10.

Gin Blossoms

Pop-rock ‘90s favorites the Gin Blossoms make their debut at Wolf Trap on the Summerland tour. Starting off in the late ‘80s on the college-circuit, the band made their leap into the mainstream with the 1993 singles “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.”  Their most recent release, No Chocolate Cake (2010), debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard 200 album chart after selling 7,000 copies in its first week of its release.


The second rock band to come out of Orange County, Lit makes their debut at Wolf Trap on the Summerland tour. Their fifth studio album, The View From the Bottom, was released in June. Popular on the college circuit, the band flew somewhat under the radar until the release of their second album, A Place in the Sun (1999). The album peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 and produced the hit singles “My Own Worst Enemy,” which held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks.

Marcy Playground

Rounding out the Summerland tour is the alt-rock trio Marcy Playground. The band’s newest album, Lunch, Recess & Detention, features a compilation of rarities, b-sides, and new material and is scheduled for release in mid-July. Getting their start in the late ‘90s, their self-titled debut (1997) went platinum following the success of single “Sex & Candy.” The hit song spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on theBillboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

NSO@Wolf Trap Thursday July 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The Legend of ZELDA Live in Concert; Symphony of the Goddesses. Eimear Noone, conductor  - Tickets: $20- $52 Giant screens in-house & on the lawn!

Join in the fun as Wolf Trap celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first Zelda release! The National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Eimear Noone will perform an all-new live symphonic concert based on the video game as you watch some of Zelda’s most memorable moments on full HD screens located in-house and on the lawn. Selling more than 52 million copies worldwide, Zelda is one of the best-selling video games of all time.

NSO@Wolf Trap Friday July 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

The Planets – An HD Odyssey, Emil de Cou, conductor. The Choral Arts Society of Washington and special guest NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Giant screens in-house & on the lawn! - Tickets: $20-$52

Experience Gustav Holst’s The Planets at Wolf Trap! Displayed on full HD screens located in-house and over the stage and the lawn, patrons will enjoy the latest images from the Mars Rovers and past probe missions Magellan, Voyager, and Galileo. Supplementing the visuals are Wolf Trap’s resident conductor Emil de Cou, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the National Symphony Orchestra as they perform Holst’s musical score live.

NSO@Wolf Trap Saturday July 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Beethoven’s 9th, Emil de Cou, conductor with Nicola Benedetti, violin, Corinne Winters, soprano; Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano, Jason Slayden, tenor Ryan Kuster, bass-baritone and The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, music director Tickets: $20-$52

Commissioned nearly two centuries ago by the Philharmonic Society of London, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 remains one of the most popular and recognizable pieces in music. Wolf Trap’s resident conductor Emil de Cou and the National Symphony Orchestraalongside music director Julian Wachner and The Washington Chorus, are joined by special guest vocalists and instrumentalists to perform Beethoven’s 9th like never before!

Happy Together Tour 2012 Sunday July 29, 2012 at 8 pm

With The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Monkees Lead Singer Mickey Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams

 $42 in-house, $25 lawn

The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie

Known for their up-beat melodies and feel good lyrics, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie return to Wolf Trap after their last appearance in 2009’s Hippiefest. Joining the Happy Together Tour 2012, the duo brings some of their greatest hits, including “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be Me,” “She’s My Girl,” and “Elenore.”

The Monkees Lead Singer Mickey Dolenz

Lead singer and drummer for the ‘60s rock band The Monkees, Mickey Dolenz returns to Wolf Trap after his last appearance in 2011. Joining the Happy Together Tour 2012, Dolenz is set to perform several of The Monkees’ greatest hits, including “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

San Diego pop-rock band Gary Puckett & The Union Gap return to Wolf Trap after their last appearance in 1986. Joining the Happy Together Tour 2012, the band is known for their mega hits “Woman, Woman” and “Young Girl.”

The Grass Roots

‘60s pop-rock band The Grass Roots return to Wolf Trap after their last appearance in 1987. Joining the Happy Together Tour 2012, the band is known for their smash hits “Let’s Live for Today” and “Midnight Confessions.”

The Buckinghams

Chicago-based group The Buckinghams round out the Happy Together Tour 2012, making their debut at Wolf Trap. Their hits include the No. 1 smash “Kind of a Drag,” New Orleans-style “Lawdy Miss Claudy,” and teenage love anthem “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song.”

All Shows at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA. 22182


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